Environment and planning

Planning approval

Sydney Metro City & Southwest is subject to NSW state planning approval under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (EPA Act). The project was declared to be Critical State Significant Infrastructure by ministerial order on 10 December 2015.
An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Chatswood to Sydenham component of the City & Southwest project was placed on public exhibition in 2016. Sydney Metro undertook six weeks of public consultation and more than 300 submissions were received during this period. A number of key charges were made as a result of feedback received and planning approval was granted in early 2017.  
Sydney Metro is currently preparing the Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) for Sydenham to Bankstown.
The project is not anticipated to include any controlled actions under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and therefore has not been referred to the Australian Government Environment Minister for approval.

Chatswood to Sydenham planning approval

The Chatswood to Sydenham EIS covers the construction and operation of the Sydney Metro rail line for approximately 16 kilometres from Chatswood to Sydenham. This section of the rail line almost entirely comprises of underground rail tunnels (including beneath Sydney Harbour) and new stations at Crows Nest, Victoria Cross, Barangaroo, Pitt Street and Waterloo.

The EIS was on public exhibition from 11 May 2016 to 27 June 2016. Sydney Metro has collated the responses received during the EIS exhibition period, and released a Submissions Report to the public. The Minister for Planning and Environment approved the Chatswood to Sydenham EIS on 9 January 2017.

Sydenham to Bankstown planning approval

The Sydenham to Bankstown EIS covers the segregation, conversion and operation of the existing Sydney Trains Bankstown heavy-rail line to a Sydney Metro line from Sydenham to Bankstown.

Sydney Metro is currently preparing the Sydenham to Bankstown EIS for public exhibition in 2017.

Project approval stages

EIS planning stages 1-4

Environmental management

Sydney Metro has developed a Construction Environmental Management Framework (PDF3.75MB) for the City & Southwest project that sets out the minimum environmental management standards that would be implemented on the project. Other proposed mitigation measures to be implemented to manage the impacts on the environment are detailed in the Chatswood to Sydenham EIS.

Stakeholder and community engagement